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Bathroom Designs for People with Dementia or Alzheimer’s

A bathroom can present a number of challenges for a person who has Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Since they have difficulties with their memory and remembering how things work, it is best to take careful consideration during a bathroom remodeling in Sacramento, CA. Coming up with a design that reduces the barriers can make their daily activities more convenient, improve safety, and preserve independence for as long as possible.

There are a number of bathroom designs that can benefit those who suffer from Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In order to get ideas, below are a few designs you may consider for your bathroom remodeling in Sacramento, CA:

  • Baths: Taking a bath should be a comfortable experience. For those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, it is best to not have water that is too hot or too deep. A person could prefer a bubble bath. The taps should also be of a traditional appearance by having a separate hot and cold tap. This is simple to operate since it has a clear indication of hot and cold. This way, it can allow the person to have better control of the bath itself.
  • Showers: Showers must be level to access and large enough to accommodate the caretaker as well as a wheelchair. They must also have controls that are easy to use. If the panels are made out of glass, the reflection could cause confusion or distress for someone with Dementia or Alzheimer’s.
  • Grab Rails: Fitting grab rails can increase confidence and security in using the bathroom comfortably and with ease. Plus, it can help eliminate any dangers of falling or grabbing hot radiators.
  • Toilets: Toilets should be easy to find. You may hang door signs for an older person and make them visible from as many viewpoints. They should be traditional in appearance and since push-button designs are relatively new, it is recommended to stick with a level flush for an older person with Dementia or Alzheimer’s as this is what they will remember. Toilet paper should be easy to reach and the dispensers should be simple.
  • Sinks: Some sinks do not use sink plugs to prevent flooding. To make things easier, you can buy an inexpensive sink plug which can automatically empty the sink if it ends up getting too full. When placing soap holders and toothbrush holders, make sure they are of contrasting colors.
  • Remove the Door Lock: Taking off the door locks can have an impact on user privacy, however, it can provide peace of mind if something happens. Changing the door to open outwards instead of inwards can provide extra space and allow the use of a walking frame.
  • Lighting: Bathroom lighting is very important for everyone and not simply for someone who has Dementia or Alzheimer’s. A motion sensor that switches on and off automatically when you enter and leave the room can be very useful. This can also be very beneficial in finding the way to the toilet during the middle of the night.
  • Contrasting Colors: When designing a bathroom, it is best to use colors that will match the bathroom and avoid patterns that could be confusing or distracting. Strong colors can stand out and become an effective way to draw the eye by providing them with a useful reminder. Using dark colored seats, towels, or even curtains could stand out nicely against white walls. Otherwise, dark walls can make white furniture and appliances stand out.

Bathrooms can be hazardous places. Having limited space, hard as well as slippery surfaces, and having particular fixtures of settings can all increase the risk of injuries. When caring for someone with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, making the bathroom a safe place can be a challenge, but it is necessary to ensure a higher quality of life. If you are in need of a contractor for bathroom remodeling in Sacramento, CA, J.P. Gallagher Construction is the company to hire. We will work closely according to your needs and have the knowledge to complete the job in a timely manner. For more information, call us at 208-635-5326.